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In Development: Henson's Fraggle Rock Movie

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Phillip, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    It's only direct to dvd Pig material though, i doubt it'd be as easy for them to get stuff out as fast theatrically, and its good name voice talent but not a-list. I'm not knocking it but its no Shrek.

    I have to say its very encouraging the other companies involved co-producing with Henson though. I'm more than sure Henson could get a Fraggle film out direct to dvd anyway, but that actually gives me some hope for an eventual theatrical release.
  2. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    The Fraggle film (from what I've gathered) is not being held up due to lack of interest, financing, or any other kind of "business" difficulties. Yes, Henson is still in pre-producion on the film, but they still want to be in pre-production. They are continuing to work the story, vision, script, and concept of the film while assembling a cast, crew and design - so if anything it would be "creative" difficulties preventing it from geting into actual production, not lack of interest. Henson is pretty tight-liped about the film but from what I've heard, there haven't been any real big difficulties (business or creative) in the development of this film yet - they just aren't rushing into it at light-speed. Henson originally projected a 2009 release and, last I heard, they are still on-track for that.
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Thanks Greg for the word on that. It's precisely what I don't understand though. It's like how they kept dragging their feet with the Muppets before selling to Disney. It shouldn't be taking this long from their end. It was going this slowly well before the writers strike. Original reports were that this film was to be in the can over a year ago. I have faith in the Fraggles and the project, but just don't understand the procrastination on the creative side. It appears to me the issue is specifically about the script - a departure for the Fraggle gang. I know there are many creative people around here that can hammer out a great script. I know that's not how it's done. I'm simply saying that if fans here can do it what's the hold up with the real Henson/Fraggle screenwriters (pre-strike)? :excited:
  4. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I know Zappa submitted a draft last year but his schedule has been pretty busy since, and it was said a few months back Henson had a draft they were going forward with. Not sure if thats the same draft or if its still his "baby" as nothings been mentioned.
  5. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    I hope it is still Ahmed's baby. I think he was a very wise choice to bring into the Fraggle family
  6. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Well-Known Member

    Personally, as long as we don't hear that the project has been scrapped, I think no news is good news. I'm hoping that it means that they are taking to time to make sure that they do it right, and make a film that they can be proud of and that all the nostalgic fans will enjoy.
  7. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    I hear ya loud and clear. I dont want it to just be thrown together.
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's good to know they just have a few creative differences. Worst case scenario, they just get a new writer or something (Similar to what happened with the Fat Albert film).

    Other than the strike and the possibility of the Director's strike, the only real thing keeping this film down does seem to be distribution. I don't see why it wouldn't get any backers, and yet unintellegent parody movies with as many at the moment jokes they can cram i nto 90 minutes are constantly in bargaining. I really think that the Weinstine company, if they're backing the DTV's should help them out.
  9. I hope they just don't keep pushing back the dates like they kepp doing with dc2 (dark crystal-2 power of the crystal)
  10. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    I actually think them taking a long time is a good sign :). Better a well planned out meaningful movie than a rushed out, updated to be 'cool', meaningless money maker movie :wisdom: !
  11. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    In my view, any Fraggle movie is a good movie...to me it sounds too good to be true, but it shall definately be glorious if this pans out.
  12. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I'm not hoping for any movie. I'm more concerned that it's good, considering how some of the more modern Muppet projects turned out. If it doesn't end up good, I'll try to forget it ever happened, heh.
  13. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    I just have had some bad history with the re-dos of My Little Pony and Care Bears, I don't want Fraggle Rock to be on my list of classic childhood series that went wrong :sympathy:
  14. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I understand, I'm just saying that regardless if it's destined to be a classic...the possibility of a Fraggle Rock film becoming a reality. Given it doesnt have Disney presiding over it, or a Sesame Street air of having to be pure early child development focused, I believe much care and attention would be made by everyone involved to ensure it was magical.

    I am really hoping this and the Brian Henson/Bill Baretta Muppet scripted movie goes into production in the next year or so.
  15. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    I hope so :) I just worry alot *lol*
  16. Mokey's sweet

    Mokey's sweet Well-Known Member

    In the original series in whatever country Fraggle Rock was shown in, the chacther of "Doc" was diffrent to blend in with the culture of that Country. in my country England Doc was a lighthouse keeper called "The Captain", of chourse he still had a dog named Sprokect like Doc. in France it was a cheif, and so on. this is why a movie just won't work. because these countries are so used to seeing thier country's chacther. so if the Movie starred "Doc" it won't make any sence to anyone outside the USA because they won't understand who Doc is and why the Lighthouse Keeper or the Cheif has gone.
    how do you think the Jim Henson company will work there way round this?
    do you think they'll make serveal versions of the film?
  17. anytimepally

    anytimepally Well-Known Member

    I was thinking.. I think David Rudman could modify the Baby Bear voice to work for Junior Gorg
  18. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    I think they would ether use Doc (because the US version was the main version) or make up a whole other human family altogether who just happen to own a certain dog ;)
    If it is Doc most little ones would not know the show in memory so it would be new to them, and besides Doc was the one in Muppet Family Christmas:)
  19. CoOKiE

    CoOKiE Well-Known Member

    THats what i was going to say. If they were to use Doc, it would be the original.

    Follow that Bird Starred Big Bird. Elmo in Grouch Land ALSO had Big... But not every country knows him. So, i think they'd do the same thing.

    I know that if i was watchin a Sesame Movie and it had another countries character, i wouldn't care for it at all... so i can see how people would feel, but he was the original... So, i'm hoping he makes a small cameo at the least.
  20. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    I hope they can get him and don't think he is too old :)

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